He Is Risen
greatest care had been taken to guard the Saviour's tomb, and the
entrance had been closed with a great stone. Upon this stone the Roman
seal had been placed in such a way that the stone could not be moved
without breaking the seal.
Around the tomb was the guard of Roman
soldiers. They were to keep strict watch, that the body of Jesus might
not be molested. Some of them were constantly pacing to and fro before
the tomb, while the others rested on the ground near by.
But there was another guard around that
tomb. Mighty angels from Heaven were there. Any one of this angel guard,
by putting forth his power, could have stricken down the whole Roman
The night preceding the morning of the
first day of the week has worn slowly away, and the darkest hour, just
before daybreak, has come.
One of the most powerful angels is sent
from Heaven. His countenance is like lightning, and his garments white
as snow. He parts the darkness from his track, and the whole heavens are
lighted with his glory.
The sleeping soldiers awake, and start to
their feet. With awe and wonder they gaze at the open heavens, and the
vision of brightness which is nearing them.
The earth trembles and heaves as that
powerful being from another world approaches. He is coming on a joyful
errand, and the speed and power of his flight shake the world like a
mighty earthquake. Soldiers, officers, and sentinels fall as dead men to
There had been still another guard about
the Saviour's tomb. Evil angels were there. Because the Son of God had
fallen in death, His body was even then claimed as the prey of him who
has the power of death--the devil.
The angels of Satan were present to see
that no power should take Jesus from their grasp. But as the mighty
being sent from the throne of God approached, they fled in terror from
The angel laid hold of the great stone at
the mouth of the tomb, and rolled it away, as if it had been but a
pebble. Then with a voice that caused the earth to tremble, he cried:
"Jesus, Thou Son of God, come forth. Thy
Father calls Thee!"
Then He who had earned the power over
death and the grave came forth from the tomb. Above the rent sepulcher
He proclaimed, "I am the resurrection, and the life." And the angel host
bowed low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcomed Him with songs
Jesus came forth with the tread of a
conqueror. At His
presence the earth reeled, the lightning flashed, and
the thunder rolled.
An earthquake marked the hour when Christ
laid down His life. An earthquake also witnessed the moment when He took
it up in triumph.
Satan was bitterly angry that his angels
had fled at the approach of the heavenly messengers. He had dared to
hope that Christ would not take up His life again, and that the plan of
redemption was to fail. But as he saw the Saviour come forth from the
tomb in triumph, all hope was lost. Satan now knew that his kingdom
would have an end, and that he must finally be destroyed.